(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Pirates will try to close out a road sweep
of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Sunday when the clubs square off at
Thanks largely to a trio of home runs, the Pirates were able to take down the
Angels on Saturday, 6-1.
Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez and Gaby Sanchez all left the yard for the
home team. Alvarez, who finished 2-for-4 on the night, has now gone deep in
three straight games and has 18 homers on the year.
Francisco Liriano continued his fantastic season in the win, allowing one
earned run while striking out six in 6 2/3 innings, lowering his ERA to 2.30
in the process.
For the Angels, Jerome Williams was knocked around in defeat, yielding eight
hits, two walks and five runs (four earned).
Mike Trout drove home the Angels' only run with an RBI single in the seventh
inning. He also stole his 17th base of the year.
On Sunday, the Pirates will turn to Charlie Morton, who recently returned to
the rotation a year removed from Tommy John surgery.
After earning the loss in his season debut on June 13, Morton bounced back
with a win on June 18 against the Reds, pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings to
lower his ERA to 1.74.
"Fortunately the few times they hit it really hard, they hit it at people,"
Morton said of his latest start, which he surrendered just three hits and zero
The 29-year-old New Jersey native has faced the Angels just once before,
earning a win in his Major League debut on June 14, 2008 as a member of the
Los Angeles will call on Joe Blanton to try to improve upon his disastrous
season, as he sits with a dreadful 1-10 record and a 5.62 ERA.
Blanton has been pitching better of late, however. He allowed just two earned
runs in 6 2/3 innings while striking out 11 in a no-decision versus Seattle on
June 18. He also struck out 11 in a June 3 loss to Houston.
Blanton has been hit hard at home this season, allowing 62 hits in 42 2/3
innings at Angel Stadium. He is 2-2 in seven games (6 starts) against the
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